• Lord fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and judge me when I’ve said enough.
  • There is one particular purpose and value in the Bible.  In the Bible we have the revelation of a divine activity  in human history (G Campbell Morgan)
  • Let me know more my comfort draw, from my frail hold on thee. In this alone rejoice with awe thy mighty grasp of me  (Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.)
  • The Bible may hurt you with the truth but it will never comfort you with a lie.
  • Gordon Benington
  • A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.
  • The worst obstacle to belief in Christ that you and I have is our own tradition – What we have heard others teach and what we have come up with in our own minds. Reason is not revelation. Revelation supersedes reason (Pastor Charles Jennings).For example many Christians cannot accept that Jesus is God – 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. It takes revelation to accept this because it is beyond human reason.
  • Feeling not based on truth is irrational. Strong religious feeling not based on Scriptural truth is enthusiasm or fanaticism and is removed from true Godliness.
  • Tomorrow is but a promissory note, yesterday is a cancelled cheque but today is cash in hand.
  • ​Today the greatest single deterrent to a knowledge of Jesus is His familiarity. Because we think we know him, we pass Him by (Winifred Kirkland, born 1872​)
  • All things are of God in their foreordination. All things are of God in their origination, All things are of God in their perpetuation. All things are of God in their consummation.
  • Deliver me O Lord from the narrowing influence of human lessons, from human systems of theology. Teach me directly out of the fulness and freeness of thine own Word. Hasten the time, when unfettered by sectarian intolerance  an unawed by  the authority of men the Bible shall make its rightful impression upon all the simple and obedient readers thereof, calling no man master but Christ only. (Thomas Chalmers 1780 – 1847)
  • To those Christians whose faith has been crystallized and frozen down in artificial systems of theology, every new truth drawn fresh from the Scriptures is an unwelcome guest or even a suspected enemy. (Professor Birks)
  • The separation of Church and State is espoused equally by Governments and by Churches but the thought is found nowhere in the Scriptures. Separation of Church and State means separation of God and the Government and this is why our Western World is in the mess it is in. Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. We look forward to the day that Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning on this earth. In the meantime we hope that Christians will do away with wrong thoughts of God.
  • Our task is not to claim whether God is on our side, but to pray earnestly that we are on His.
  • Charles Spurgeon speak of the Bible: This is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz, or any earthly substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness; a moon without its paleness; a glory without a dimness. O Bible! it cannot be said of any other book, that it is perfect and pure; but of thee we can declare all wisdom is gathered up in thee, without a particle of folly. This is the judge that ends the strife, where wit and reason fail. 
  • On the night of the first referendum to establish our Federation, in June 1898, Alfred Deakin prayed:

    Thy blessing has rested upon us here yesterday and we pray that it may be the means of creating and fostering throughout all Australia a Christlike citizenship.

  • The Gospel is not facts about Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is the Gospel. Anything and everything about Jesus Christ is the Gospel because anything and everything about Jesus Christ  is good news. So many people believe facts but they do not believe Jesus Christ.
  • What is does it mean to be “Filled with the Spirit”? It means letting God be God in you!
  • Man at his best is still best a man. (Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD)
  • “Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone.”A.W. Tozer
  • “Whenever God means to make a man great, He always breaks him in pieces first.” Charles Spurgeon.
  • The people are much more important than the system (i.e the Church system, organisation, denomination).
  • Sentimentalism loves the idea of loving the Bible, of loving God, of loving Christ. It is a warm feeling concerning things religious.Sincerity loves the Bible as a word from God. This is God’s message to me, both the hard and the good parts. Sincerity is a moral conviction born of struggle, the yoke of disciplined study and waiting with humility until the answer comes. Sincerity is that intellectual, moral and spiritual commitment that comes when one has paid a price for truth. Sentimentalism should follow sincerity and not proceed it. Christianity must go beyond sentimentalism, it must go all the way, it must cost something, it must pursue Christ unto the end.
  • More people die in the Church from friendly fire than they do from enemy fire (And friendly fire from the Church hurts a lot more!).
  • When you have no will and no strength then you can follow Christ and preach and then He can trust you. We are, by default, filled with our own ambitions, desires and ideas. Men come to the Bible with their own ideas in mind and there they find them. You can find anything you want to find in the Bible by putting you own interpretation upon it and so we have  so many message-less messengers.
  • Get the message and forget the messenger.
  • Unless the Holy Spirit fills, the human spirit spirit fails. It is by my spirit saith the LORD.
  • Judges 2:10 …. and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
    Christianity:
    1. to the first generation it is a living reality
    2. to the second generation it is a tradition
    3. to the third generation it is a nuisance
     
  • “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.” Charles G.Finney
  • “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battle fields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” (Martin Luther)
  • You can find out how many seeds are in an apple but you cannot find out how many apples are in a seed.
  • On fishing: Use wisdom and do not scare the fish away. Be slow, be cautious and don’t make loud noises.
  • As I look back on my life, I realise that ever time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
  • The greatest time of revival, the greatest opportunity for God to work is at midnight. It is when men are at their lowest. We do not think that we need revival when everything is going good.
  • Generally speaking a church member will not go any higher than their Pastor. Their passion will not go higher than the passion of their Pastor. The Pastor can raise the people’s passion for Christ or he can squash it. (Jennings)
  • Every Christian says they want to follow Jesus until the find out where He’s going. He’s going to a cross: Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
  • We may loose all things for Christ but we will never loose by Christ. We may loose in this world and the Bible tells us of those who gladly received the spoiling of their goods (Heb 10:34)
  • “There is no victory possible for men who wage war against God, but neither is there any hope for men who in the direct line of fire fail to see that a war is on.” (Rousas John Rushdooney 1916-2001).
  • “If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.” (Daniel Webster)
  • “No free government now exists in the world unless where Christianity is acknowledged and is the religion of the country….Christianity is part of the common law…Its foundations are broad and strong, and deep. It is the purest form of morality…and only stable support of all human laws” (1824 Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
  • Death is the king of terrors, Jesus Christ is the King of kings.
  • When it comes to the Church, calling for loyalty to the Church, supporting the Church program, youth group or working bees we would do well to remember that the “People are more important than the system”. Unwittingly the Church can become an idol and the individual’s walk in the Lord as some kind of secondary thing which comes about when we put the Church first. This took me a while to learn.
  • “Christ is the answer” is only true if you have a question.
  • Jesus died to take away the curse of the law, not the cursed law!
  • When you dethrone God you automatically enthrone man (Jennings)
  • On the Word “Unorthodox” – an opinion not shared by the majority of the population. Belief that God has made a New Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah is a truth that is regarded as unorthodox.
  • “Content thyself to live obscurely good.” (Joseph Addison)
  • “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.”  (William Booth)
  • “Just because the road gets bumpy, doesn’t mean we are off course. Actually, the right road is bumpy.”
  • He that is flexible shall not be bent out of shape (A wise man)
  • The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use and not cake for special occasions.
  • The man who will not investigate both sides of a question is dishonest (Abraham Lincoln)
  • “If it isn’t hard, maybe we aren’t doing it right.”
  • “We can try to define Him, but we cannot confine Him” (Pastor Charles Jennings)
  • “Yellow stripes belong on roads, not on men’s backs” (Pastor Charles Jennings)
  • It is often easier to communicate with the dead than with some of the living.
  • After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser
  • They that know God will be humble. They that know themselves cannot be proud.”  (John Flavel)
  • “The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own esteem” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • “The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • “As sure as God puts His children in the furnace, He will be with them in the furnace.” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • “God sometimes washes the eyes of His children with tears in order that they may read aright His providence and His commandments.” (Theodore L. Cuyler)
  • “Let’s face it there will be problems, but problems exist to be solved.”
  • ….the great religious truth is a person, that person is Christ; and only as we put our emphasis upon Him can we fully bring truth to the world. Unless we witness to Christ, we can never witness to anything but a part of the truth. When we are witnesses of Him, we witness not only to the truth but to the way and to the life. Christ is more that truth. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. One can witness to the truth and yet not know the way to live for God or to have the life of Jesus Christ in him” (Oral Roberts)
  • By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.” (Edmund Burke)
  • “There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians, scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials with a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting the sword with the word, brutality with hope, and at last defeating the strongest state that history has known. Caesar and Christ had met in the arena, and Christ had won.” (Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol. 3, chapter 30, part 1, p. 652).
  • God never calls an idle man. Everyone God ever called was already busy.
  • You do not find the word “Holy” in the Bible unto you come to the burning bush: Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
  • A preacher is not meant to be an orator but a servant of the Spirit of God and he is to lay hold on the Word of God under the anointing of the Spirit God and make the word of God living to us. He is to move our understanding from the “then” into the “now.” (George Southwick)
  • Christians are allowed to possess things, but are not to allow those things to possess them.
  • Keep your head up. God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers. (2 Timothy 2:4)
  • “We are not sent into the pulpit to show our wit and eloquence, but to set the consciences of men on fire” (Solomon Stoddard)
  • “The Bible is the word of God; supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in valor, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through, write it down, pray in it, work it out and the pass it on. Truly it is the Word of God. It brings into man the personality of God; it changes the man until he becomes the epistle of God. It transforms his mind, changes his character, takes him on from grace to grace, and gives an inheritance in the Spirit. God comes in, dwells in, walks in, talks through, and sups with him. (Smith Wigglesworth)
  • The Bible keeps to its point from Genesis to Revelation and that point is to reveal God to man and to bring man back to God.
  • “…..while treating of the fortunes of the human race, the record, almost instantly on starting, confines its regards, in the earlier portion, to one particular section (the line of Seth), and, in the later, to one particular family (the children of Abraham, in the line of Isaac and Jacob), and deals with the other branches of the human family only in so far as they are needful to elucidate the story of the chosen seed. And still further it is noticeable that, in the elaboration of his plan, the author is always careful to keep the reader’s eye fixed upon the special line whose fortunes he has set himself to trace, by dismissing at the outset of each section with a brief notice those collateral branches, that nothing may afterwards arise to divide the interest with the holy seed, and the narrative may flow on uninterruptedly in the recital of their story. “The materials of the history,” writes Keil, “are arranged and distributed according to the law of Divine selection; the families which branched off from the main line are noticed first of all; and when they have been removed from the general scope of the history, the course of the main line is more elaborately described, and the history itself is carried forward.”  (Pulpit Bible Commentary  General Intoduction to the Old Testament BY THE REV. CANON F.W. FARRAR) Read Deuteronomy 32:
    6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
    7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
    8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the b9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
    10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
    11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
    12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.ounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
  • “It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the twentieth century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.   The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him—and of her” (AW Tozer)
  • Christianity is not just another religion. It is neither an ideology nor ethical system. It is not merely a namby-pamby philosophy of brotherly love, self-righteous attitudes and good little deeds. Christianity is God in Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself (CR Dickey)
  • If a sermon only touches your feelings, your emotions, your thoughts, your mind and intellect, there will be no permanent change. This book that is now before you must touch your will.
  • “When you loose you vision of the splendor of God Almighty then you automatically start to redefine sin” (Charles Jennings)
  • It would be wrong to infer from the exalted place of the Bible in every form of Christianity that Christianity is the religion of a book. The central fact of Christianity is not a book but a person – Jesus Christ, himself described as the Word of God. The books of the Old Testament came to have authority within the Church because Jesus Christ set the seal of his own authority upon them and interpreted them as preparing the way for Himself. The books of the New Testament came to have authority because the Church recognized in them the testimony of the apostles to Jesus. Peake’s Commentary on the Bible , Matthew Black, ed., Nelson, 1972
  • The Bible is warts and all: “There is another evidence of its veracity, and it is this. In other histories we see the great tendency to hero-worship. The historian has some favourite character. He wants to show what a grand man that was. The Bible never wants to show what a grand man anybody was. There is no hero-worship in the Bible.” (The divine unit of Scripture by A.Saphir)
  • Moses was not qualified in the flesh but he was called.
  • Revival: “You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.” (Leonard Ravenhill)
  • How far can you get from God? You can get no further than Jesus Christ hanging  on the cross. This is the out most bound that any person can get from God and that’s why Jesus went there. (George Southwick)
  • “I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.” (Martin Luther)
  • “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.” (Martin Luther – Statement in defense of his writings at the Diet of Worms ,19 April 1521)
  • “Life’s disappointments are veiled love’s appointments.” (C. A. Fox)
  • In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America aboard the Mayflower. These men, along with their families, had great hopes of founding a society where there would be liberty for them to follow the Lord in the things that had been revealed to their hearts and understanding. A man by the name of John Robinson (who himself stayed behind) sent the departing company on their pilgrim voyage with these earnest words:“I charge you before God…that you follow me no further than you have seen me follow the Lord Jesus Christ. If God reveals anything to you by any other instrument of His, be as ready to receive it as you were to receive any truth by my ministry, for I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of those reformed churches which…will go, at present, no further than the instruments of their reformation. The Lutherans cannot be drawn to go beyond what Luther saw; whatever part of His will our God had revealed to Calvin, they will rather die than embrace it; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that great man of God, who yet saw not all things. This is a misery much to be lamented…”
  • “The saint’s lot has its blacks, but it has also its whites. Drops of wormwood are ours, but milk and honey are not denied us. We mourn at Marah, but we sing at Elim. Bochim still stands, but Bethel is ours, too. The lion roars, but the turtledove also yields her cheering note. Clouds are above us, but the stars smile on us. Our sea has its ebbs, but, by turns, it comes to the flood. Winters bluster and freeze, but summer comes soon and blossoms with merry joys, and autumn follows with its mellowness. We are cast down, but we are not destroyed—no, we are not even injured—for if for a little time we seem to be losers by our castings down, we before long discover our greater gain. Happy are the people that are in such a case, yes, blessed are the people whose God is the Lord. The cup of tried David is far better than that of proud Belshazzar. None are so comforted as those to whom the Holy Spirit is Comforter. Still let us dwell for a minute or two longer upon the portion of the righteous. We read in the New Testament of the “cup of blessing,” and although that alludes to the cup at the Lord’s Supper, yet without wresting the words, we may say that the whole portion of God’s saints is a cup of blessing. You are blessed in all respects, Believer.” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • The courts: The place where the law is dispensed with.
  • When small men cast long shadows you know that the sun is about to set.
  • “I assuredly believe that England has been raised up as a nation and brought to her present unique position that she may be the means of spreading the gospel throughout all the nations of the earth. I judge that God has blessed the two great nations of the Anglo-Saxon race – England and the United States – and given them preeminence in commerce and in liberty on purpose that in such a time as this they may spread abroad the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Woe to these nations if they fail to fulfill their solemn obligations! If, being raised up for a purpose, they refuse to perform it, they shall melt away. If, being armed and carrying bows they turn back in the day of battle, both empires will perish as surely as did the power of Macedon and the dominion of Rome. We ought to be very careful as a people to act upon the rule of righteousness and the principles of peace, for any other conduct is inconsistent with our high calling. We are entrusted with great opportunities;…. Oh, that England may know the day of her visitation.” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise” (Voltaire).
  • “If the world has nothing to say against you, beware lest Jesus Christ has nothing to say for you.” (Dwight L. Moody)
  • Lord Nelson’s prayer on the morning of 21st October 1805, with the combined fleets of France and Spain in sight:  May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, Tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet. For myself individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen
  • Message from His Majesty King George VI, 15th September, 1939:“To all serving in my forces by sea or land, or in the air, and indeed, to all my people engaged in the defence of the Realm, I commend the reading of this book. For centuries the Bible has been a wholesome and strengthening influence in our national life, and it behoves us in these momentous days to turn with renewed faith to this Divine source of comfort and inspiration.”The above message was inscribed at the beginning of a small volume of the New Testament given to all serving British Forces in World War II.

ABOUT THE TRUTH

  • The principal of science (the facts), whether it be in history or elsewhere, is not what has been believed but what is true.
  •  “The time has come when most preachers inoculate the people with religion so that they won’t suffer when they sin” (Mordecai Ham).
  • Many people want the fruit of Christianity but not the root of Christianity. The sinner wants the benefits of Christianity – the blessings of God, provision, peace, liberty, freedom, happiness. joy etc but they do not want Christ.
  • It is better to be divided by truth than united in error. It is better the speak the truth that hurts, then heals, rather than falsehood that comforts and the kills. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is absolutely impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. Jesus Himself said “they hated me without a cause”. It is better to stand alone with truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie.
  • Heresy is leprosy of the head.
  • “the problem is what we think we know that simply is not true” (Will Rogers)
  • “Custom’s the world’s great idol we adore. And knowing this, we seek to know no more..”(Pomfret)
  • “As all the Word of God is given by the Spirit of God, so each word must be interpreted to us by the same Spirit” (Andrew Murray).
  • “It is not controversy we have to dread as much as the spirit of controversy. The worse thing we can bring to a religious controversy is anger because it is only one letter from danger.” (George Southwick) – Verily I have found this to be the case. Where there is anger, the emotions are in control and you cannot present Scriptural truth in anyway that will be accepted (Karl Tester)
  • “Truth is unwelcome however divine” (William Cowper)
  • It is not the love of God if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God
  • When it comes to the Bible Interpretation, Interpretation, Interpretation is important, this is why I quote the following:
  • Wonderful things in the Bible I see, placed there on purpose by you and by me.
  • “The man after God’s own heart must be dead to the opinion of his friends as well as his enemies” (A.W Tozer)
  • “If you are going to walk with Jesus Christ, you are going to be opposed…. In our days, to be a true Christian is really to become a scandal.” (George Whitfield)
  • “No greater mischief can happen to a Christian people than to have God’s Word taken from them or falsified, so that they no longer have it pure and clear. God grant that we and our descendants be not witnesses of such a calamity. Let us not lose the Bible, but with diligence, in fear and invocation of God, read and preach it.” (Martin Luther) Unfortunately we are witnessing such a calamity in our lifetime.
  • Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Pay the price required, buy it with obedience, buy with study, buy with self denial, buy with self-sacrifice, buy with fidelity and know that still whatever you pay the truth you buy is the unpurchasable gift of God through Jesus Christ. This is the paradox of grace, you must lay down eveything, you must pay everything and then you have your prize for nothing and lo the prize you have found is far more glorious than the prize you sought. You sought truth and you have found Christ in a greater way than ever before. To find the Lord Jesus Christ, to agree with God is His chief thought.
  • “To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?” (Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
  • “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is contempt prior to investigation.” (William Paley)
  • “If knowledge is no substitute for love, love is no substitute for ignorance” (Pastor Charles Jennings) – Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
  • What are the three hardest words for a minister to say?  “I was wrong.”
  •  A wide distinction exists and should be recognized between students and expositors of the Word and works of God who humbly, soberly and reverently search into the facts of nature and Scripture, of providence and prophecy, reach conclusions which sanctified common sense can approve, and speculators, who running away with isolated and mysterious expressions, indulge in imaginations of their own and become prophets, instead of students of divine prophecy.” (H. Grattan Guinness, The Approaching End of the Age)
  • It is a sign of intelligence to ask questions.
  • “If some of you only knew what most ministers think of your learning capacity when it comes to the Bible.” (Robert Caringola)
  • “Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen.” (Martin Luther)(Reply to the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521)”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5: 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (If the average Christian is not capable of doing this, then it would not have been commanded.)
  • “Peace if possible, but truth at any rate” (Martin Luther)
  • “As long as its God’s word it can not be too radical”
  • “Some think it matters not what a man believes. Excuse me: truth is always precious, and the least atom of truth is worth searching out.” Charles Spurgeon
  • Just because everyone believes it does not make it true.
  • If love is no substitute for knowledge, love is no substitute for ignorance.
  • “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • “God grant that my bowels may never sound with compassion on that ground where the vengeance of heaven burns with indignation!” (William Huntington)
  • “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
  • “A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion”. (Francis Bacon)
  • To confess you were wrong yesterday, is only to acknowledge that you are a little wiser to-day; and instead of being a reflection on yourself, it is an honour to your judgment, and shows that you are improving in the knowledge of the truth. Do not be ashamed to learn, and to cast aside your old doctrines and views, but to take up that which you may more plainly see to be in the Word of God.” 
  • “He who is unaware of his ignorance will only be misled by his knowledge.” Richard Whately
  • “Feeble views of this great book of truth may nurture a sickly growth in godliness but strong views of the word of God bring a high godliness to us” (George Southwick)
  • The Devil fights truth, not error. He vented His hatred against it when Christ proclaimed it (Luke 4: 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.)
  • “You can not argue with a prophet, only disbelieve him.”
  • The defects of the understanding like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
  • Because we close our eyes to controversy, it does not remove that controversy. When there are two conflicting lines of thought, taught from the Word of God, one of them is wrong and the sincerity in which we hold our belief does not alter the fact of our wrongness. We would like to ignore these facts but proper safety lies in facing the facts. In can be that both are part wrong and part right.
  • “The human mind is like an umbrella, it functions best when open” (Walter Gropius) – but not so open that your brains fall out!
  • When you dethrone God you automatically enthrone man (Jennings)
  • Is either going to be Revelation or Regurgitation.
  • Equality is another word used to mean conformity.
  • 96% of the KJV Bible is written in three syllables or less. Now people say that the KJV is too hard, too difficult with the “thee”s and the “thou”s, I want something modern and up to date they say. And so we have a plethora of bible translations.The reason why the KJV Bible was sent forth was that the people of Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland were not as educated as you and I and a lot of them had difficulty reading. That’s why the KJV is in three syllables or less. It’s very easy to read.

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MARTYRDOM AT THE HAND OF THE PAPACY:

  • “In [the martyr] we behold a spirit upheld, not by the motives of vanity, self-sufficiency, or indifference, but by the simple power of truth; we witness a soul so under the influence of good, that evil, even in its most cruel form, cannot dim its beauty, but serves as a contrast to heighten its luster. Here is self-sacrifice, springing not from pride, but from humility; founded not upon ignorant prejudice, but upon a faith based upon conviction; arising not from hatred or contempt for man, but from the love of God. Truly theirs was the victory that overcame the world, even their faith—a faith which, accepting the future as a true inheritance, enabled them to give up for Christ’s sake houses and lands, children and relationships, yea, and their own lives also, rather than be false to their conscience and their God. The history of Christian Martyrdom is, in fact, the history of Christianity itself; for it is in the arena, at the stake, and in the dungeon that the religion of Christ has won its most glorious triumphs.” Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (p. 5)

Massacre of the Hugenots

Medal struck by Emperor Gregory XIII (1572-85) to commemorate the slaughter of over 100,000 French Protestants

The words of William Lithgow

Before we let fall the curtain upon this awful subject, let us listen for a moment to some of the words of William Lithgow, a Scotsman, who suffered the tortures of the Inquisition in the time of James I. After telling of the diabolical treatment he received, which was very similar to that I have just described, he says, “Now mine eyes did begin to startle, my mouth to foam and froth, and my teeth to chatter like the dobbling of drumsticks. Oh, strange, inhuman, monster man-manglers!

. And notwithstanding of my shivering lips in this fiery passion, my vehement groaning, and blood springing from my arms, my broken sinews, yea, and my depending weight on flesh-cutting cords, yet they struck me on the face with cudgels to abate and cease the thundering noise of my wrestling voice. At last, being released from these pinnacles of pain, I was handfast set on the floor with this their ceaseless imploration: ‘Confess, confess, confess in time, or thine inevitable torments ensue.’ Where, finding nothing from me but still innocent, Oh! I am innocent. O Jesus, the Lamb of God, have mercy on me, and strengthen me with patience to undergo this barbarous murder‘” Romanism and the Reformation  Lecture IV Grattan Guinness

Massacre of the Hugenots